C&C Group closing cider mill in Shepton Mallet

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill, the Somerset plant that produces the Blackthorn and Olde English brands, is to cease cider production after nearly 250 years with the loss of more than 120 jobs. Owner C&C Group will move production to its Magners plant in Ireland in summer, but has said it will still source apples from local farmers, thought to number around 70, and pulp them locally.

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